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Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services

Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services [Kindle Edition]

Brian Knight , Erik Veerman , Grant Dickinson , Douglas Hinson , Darren Herbold
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  • The new edition of the successful previous version is 25 percent revised and packed with more than 200 pages of new material on the 2008 release of SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
  • Renowned author Brian Knight and his expert coauthors show developers how to master the 2008 release of SSIS, which is both more powerful and more complex than ever
  • Case studies and tutorial examples acquired over the three years since the previous edition will contribute to helping illustrate advanced concepts and techniques
  • New chapters include coverage of data warehousing using SSIS, new methods for managing the SSIS platform, and improved techniques for ETL operations

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Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services When SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) was released to the market in SQL Server 2005, it took the Extract Transform Load (ETL) market by storm. Three years later, SQL Server 2008 has introduced an even more mature rendition of SSIS that is focused on improving the scalability and performance of SQL Server and also serves as a very powerful tool for performing ETL operations, which are central to data warehousing. With this book, an assembled team of professionals has combined their years of experience and tried–and–true best practices to present you with the tools to take your SSIS skill set to a new level. After a basic review of the fundamental concepts of SSIS, you′ll move on to more in–depth topics such as extending the engine, synchronizing systems incrementally, managing the SSIS platform, and more. Plus, helpful examples and real–world case studies demonstrate advanced concepts and techniques. Once you get past the initial learning curve of the 2008 version of SSIS, you′ll be amazed by the power, effectiveness, and timesaving ability of SSIS—all of which are aimed at making your life easier. What you will learn from this book Ways that you can use the Script task in SSIS How to load a data warehouse from the ground up Techniques for scaling SSIS to make it more reliable Ways to incrementally load and join data Instructions for using containers to do looping in SSIS How to expose the SSIS data flow to other programs, such as InfoPath and your own .NET applications Who this book is for This book is for anyone who is interested in using SSIS for transforming data, creating a workflow, or maintaining an SQL Server. Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real–world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 34470 KB
  • Print Length: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (28 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003X09YPG
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality weightly volume 7 Oct 2010
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A HUGE (and I mean physically) book on the subject and just what I needed to understand SSIS.
If you have any questions about using SSIS buy this book, you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SQL 2008 SSIS review 21 Sep 2011
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Excellent book, easy to read and understand. Ideal for anyone who wants to know about SQL Server Integration Services fro SQL Server 2008
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 7 Feb 2013
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I learnt a lot from this book. It takes you through the core of SSIS and explains topics extremely well.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sql Server 2008 Integration Services is a Fantastic Book 5 Dec 2008
By L. T. Blackford - Published on
If you have a need to learn SSIS or to enhance your SSIS knowledge base this is the book for you.
Being a Sql Server BI consultant I have come across many opportunities that SSIS either solves or is part of the overall solution.
Therefore I have a need to be as profecient as possible in SSIS. This book is my bible for SSIS reference and problem solving.
In my opinion there is not a better book available today, that will not only help get you started in SSIS, but enable you to become a very effecient SSIS Guru.
This book walks you through the entire SSIS solution process. Package creation, Control Flow, Data Flow, Warehouse population stratagies, package tuning, etc. (You get the picture)
One of the issues I come across routinely is data scrubbing, i.e cleaning your input data. This is a difficult task for even a skilled practitioner.
There is a very good chapter in this book on the scripting task in SSIS which is where most of your data cleansing will take place, if needed.
This book will save you hours if not days of research in trying to solve all those issues you typically encounter when taking data from one platform or store to another entirely different
Data store and/or platform.

Well worth the price!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great source of best practices for loading a data warehouse 5 Dec 2008
By Keith Q. Hicks - Published on
I have recently been tasked to create a data warehouse for our company. I have many years of experience in the OLTP world but needed to get up to speed fast on how to get that data from a highly normalized transactional database into a data warehouse. Designing the data warehouse was straight forward but I needed best practices for the ETL (Extract, Tranform, Load) process to load and maintain the data warehouse.

I knew SSIS was the tool I needed to do the ETL but was not sure where to start. This is where this book has proved to be invaluable. Chapter 10 immediately gave me specific examples and best practices on how to load my data warehouse. After seeing the big picture, I was then able go back to the earlier chapters and learn the "heavy lifting" tasks such a creating the control and data flows.

I highly recommend this book to anyone involved in loading a data warehouse. The time you spend learning how to do it right way will definitely pay off in the end.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SQL Server 2008 Integration Services - a must-have 16 Dec 2008
By Kimberly Talley - Published on
This book has been a great resource for me. I am in the process of building a data warehouse and have been struggling with this. I have a lot of experience on the OLTP side of systems, but this book really helped get me up to speed on the data warehouse concepts and the ETL process.

The examples in this book really opened my eyes to the 'outside the box' uses for SSIS that I had not thought of.

The chapter on data warehousing is a great resource and is a reference I keep close by. There is also a great chapter on error and event handling. This is a very important component to ETL systems, but one I wasn't handling very well.

This book is a great addition to my reference library. I highly recommend this to anyone involved in ETL processing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved my life 13 Aug 2011
By default_character - Published on
Well not literally, but you know.

This book really helped me when I needed it, after being thrown into a large project where I had to write a good number of SSIS packages from scratch, with no prior MS SQL experience (and no hints from anyone else I might add!). Some of the information was rather light, but between this book and some very helpful blogs on Google, it worked out. I also discovered what must be bugs in SSIS. Who'd a thought? For example, I was only able to infrequently get the Web Services task to work, and to this day, am not sure if it was SSIS or the service provider. Oh well.

Extra helpful were the step-by-step instructions and diagrams, the chapters on the basics of the tool, and "Administering SSIS." Some of the later chapters I didn't get to or need, but will keep as a reference.

I have a number of other Wrox books that were just horrible, which sat there so long on my shelf that I finally had to throw them out because the technology was too dated, lol, but I really lucked out this time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An End to End reference for SSIS 2008 29 Mar 2010
By Rajkumar Ramasamy - Published on
This book is a complete End to End reference guide for SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. This book starts with a very good basic introduction to the all the tools and tasks available in SSIS. There is very detailed explanation of the basic tasks which are more frequently used such as Script Task, Execute SQL task and Send Email. Good description on the containers which we need for looping through a set of tasks which is more common in any development.

During development, the most common thing we would like to /need to do is making the package dynamic. There is a good chapter to explain how to use expressions effectively to have runtime configurations in the package. Other very good chapters to refer are Scripting in SSIS which explains the scripting capabilities using .NET and C#. The chapter, Accessing Heterogeneous Data, which explains how to access various heterogeneous data sources such as Excel, Flat File, XML, ADO.NET, OLE DB and many with examples.
The later chapters explain more about optimizing SSIS packages, error handling and event handling, Migrating DTS Packages. The chapter which explains accessing external applications is good but needs more examples to highlight the capability of SSIS accessing various external applications.

Too many pages, yes, the book has. But to refer SSIS with good samples and Screenshots (The screenshots are helpful in few instances), I wouldn't mind reading these many pages.

For any new developer, who wants to know from the basics and a complete End to End flow of SSIS before start using SQL Server 2008 Integration for ETL development, this is one good reference book I would recommend.
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